By Katherine Applegate
Why this book?
I love the idea of a wishtree. A place where you can write down a vulnerable thought and put it out there for the world to see. That takes courage. As Applegate writes, “everyone needs to hope.” While not all of us have experienced racism, which is a theme of the story, we’ve all had moments when we’ve felt new or unwelcomed or alone. I expect we’ve all had a moment like Samar, who writes “I wish I had a friend.” And while a magical tree helps to fulfill her wish, so too does a regular boy and an entire community, who all reject the nasty word ‘LEAVE’ that was carved into the tree and instead, leave wishes tied to branches for her and her family to ‘STAY’.
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